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Stacie B. Collier



Stacie Collier is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment group. She also serves as the firm’s Professional Personnel partner. She exclusively represents management in the resolution of employment-related disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

What do you focus on?

While I have experience performing all aspects of L&E work, today my practice has three primary focuses.

Preventative

My initial goal is to help my clients foster positive employee relations and keep them out of litigation in the first place. To that end, I have provided strategic advice and counsel work focusing on a preventative approach for well over 20 years, including fielding client questions, reviewing policies and drafting employment agreements. I also have provided thousands of hours of managerial and employee training nationally on myriad topics, including harassment prevention, diversity and inclusion, accommodation and managing leaves and supervisory skills.

Defense of Claims

When defending the inevitable claims, I partner with my clients to achieve the desired result with the appropriate blend of aggressiveness and strategy. I regularly assist clients to prevail on motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, and in dismissing claims before a number of administrative tribunals. I have a depth of experience in litigating claims of discrimination and harassment, with an emphasis on workplace harassment. I have successfully prosecuted and defended a number of non-compete and other restrictive covenant cases over the years.

Unique Experience

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, I have become a sought after speaker on how employers can most effectively and positively respond to the unique challenges presented. I have enjoyed melding this focused area of interest with my training work and preventative practice.

What do you see on the horizon?

The wide range of ages in the workforce provide areas of opportunity for ways in which my clients can best recruit, retain and maintain safe and legal working environments. I try to help employers “see around corners” on how their workforce approaches work and on how judges and legislators are addressing this major demographic shift.

Presentations

  • “The Intersection of Legislation and Diversity in the Workplace,” 20th Annual Rhode Island's Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference, Warwick, RI, March 28, 2019 (break-out session facilitator)
  • “HR and Employment Best Practices and Policies,” 2018 Million Dollar Round Table EDGE Meeting, Boston, MA, November 8, 2018 (co-presenter)

Practice makes perfect for Collier at Nixon Peabody

Providence Business News | June 19, 2020

This article profiles Providence Labor & Employment partner and NP professional personnel partner Stacie Collier in connection with being honored as Providence Business Journal’s 2020 Professional Services Industry Leader among the publication’s Business Women Awards.

PBN announces 2020 Business Women Awards honorees

Providence Business News | April 24, 2020

The publication has named Providence Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier “Professional Services Industry Leader” as part of PBN’s 2020 Business Women Awards. The article includes a list of this year’s honorees.

Pretext not shown in FMLA retaliation claim vs. jeweler

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | April 23, 2020

This article mentions Providence Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier for successfully defending jeweler Tiffany & Co. against a former employee’s disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation claims. The judge in the case granted Tiffany’s motion for summary judgment.

Diversity can be challenging for R.I. law firms

Providence Business News | February 28, 2020

This article quotes Providence Office Managing Partner Andrew Prescott and Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier on the steps Nixon Peabody is taking to increase diversity among attorneys and the changes they have seen in the profession over time.

Bye to Bad Habits: Lawyers share resolutions for 2020

Law360 | January 24, 2020

This article on 2020 New Year’s resolutions from attorneys features Providence Labor and Employment partner and Professional Personnel partner Stacie Collier and Litigation Department Chair Scott O’Connell sharing their goals for the new year.

5 tips for parental leave policies that minimize legal risk

Law360 | May 10, 2018

Providence labor and employment partner Stacie Collier is quoted in this article about how employers can ensure their parental leave policies are fair, equitable and lawful.

Rhode Island Maternity Leave: Everything Expectant Parents Need to Know About the State's Paid Leave Laws

Working Mother | January 10, 2018

Providence labor and employment partner Stacie Collier is quoted in this article about whether an employee on parental leave can collect Rhode Island’s temporary caregiver insurance and a partial salary from an employer.

Contact

Stacie B. Collier

Partner

Providence

Phone: 401-454-1018

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1320


Fax: 401-454-1030

University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.

Syracuse University, B.A., magna cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa)

Rhode Island

Connecticut

New Hampshire

Massachusetts

Stacie was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Employment Law—Management and Litigation—Labor and Employment. Stacie has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2010.

Stacie has also been recognized for exceptional standing in the national legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 for Labor & Employment (New York). She has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years.

Thomson Reuters named Stacie a “Rhode Island Rising Star” in their peer-review survey.

Stacie serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Saint Mary’s Home for Children and the Louminati Youth Leadership Foundation. She previously served as chair of the Capital City Community Center’s Board of Directors.
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